A Beginner's Guide to Luminosity Masks in Photoshop

When it comes to post-processing, one of the most useful tools at your disposal is the luminosity mask, which can help you create more precise and efficient edits. If you have not tried luminosity masks if your work before, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you the ins and outs of creating and using them. 

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this excellent video tutorial will show you how to use luminosity masks for editing your images. Luminosity masks are a quick and powerful way to make selections in an image, as they allow you to segment the photo based on different brightness levels. This allows you to, for example, add a bit of warmth to the highlights of a landscape photo. If you look at Morganti's sample photo, you can see how complicated it would be to make the mask manually, as it would require you to work around and between the leaves on the trees and to deal with the vastly complex reflections on the surface of the water. Yet, what would be a tremendously intricate mask can be done with just a few clicks, which is why so many photographers rely on the technique. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Morganti. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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